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November 2017

Democratic Reform in Europe

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Center for European Studies – the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Austin present a conference on Democratic Reform in Europe. This conference will bring to Austin the leading figures of the new movement for Democratic Reform in Europe, including the former finance minister of Greece and author of the global bestseller, Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis, the recent French presidential candidate, Benoit Hamon,…

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Business Briefing on New Zealand and Australia

Please join the Camino Real District Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service–Austin, and the World Affairs Council of Austin for a special event highlighting business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. The event will feature the following guest speaker: Duncan Archibald has over 10 years’ experience working with the U.S. Government’s pre-eminent trade and marketing agency under U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service.   Duncan is a professional and creative business development and relationship builder with comprehensive experience assisting…

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  • 8th November 2017 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.
  • https://noRSVPsRequired

Perspectives on Cuba’s Future: Exploring Policy Options & Paths for the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relationship

Held in collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, this session will feature leading specialists of the academic and business communities on various aspects of Cuban society, economy and foreign policy offering a diversity of perspectives on Cuba and the United States-Cuba bilateral relationship.  Our objectives for this evening event are to heighten student and public awareness of political and economic circumstances in contemporary Cuba, and to explore various policy options for achieving long-term desired end-states in the…

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Texas Venture Labs, How it Works, and How You Can Get Involved


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Ever think about starting a business? Ever think about helping a startup get off the ground? Texas Venture Labs has a number of programs to help both happen. Come hear about our innovative entrepreneurship programs, the process we follow, the kinds of companies getting started, and the results we are producing. Learn…

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December 2017

A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering about the Iran Nuclear Deal

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin for a luncheon featuring Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Since President Trump set the stage for eventual US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, how the Congress now deals with sanctions against Iran will define the nature and pace of US potential withdrawal. What’s next with the Iran deal? How might a US withdrawal impact relations with Europe and the Middle East? The program will be conducted in an…

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  • 7th December 2017 - Thursday
  • St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium
  • 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

In collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, we will offer a lecture by Dr. Fran Pilch, Professor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Academy.  Dr. Pilch’s lecture will incorporate insights from the course she developed for the Air Force Academy entitled “War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights,” and extensive research included in her book released on this topic in 2017. Dr. Pilch’s lecture will concentrate on the actual accounts of survivors of Pol Pot’s genocide which…

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January 2018
  • 17th January 2018 - Wednesday
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum
  • 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX.

2018 WAC Member Event: Building for the Future

To launch the new year, we’re hosting a member meeting.  At the event, you will get the opportunity to meet other members from across the community. This event will feature a conversation with our Diplomat in Residence, Julie L. Kavanagh, U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for Texas.   Please RSVP via your emailed invitation. Your presence is greatly appreciated. If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page to sign up and receive your invitation. Please follow…

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2018 Business Forecast: Driving Innovation

January 19 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX, 78705, United States. + Google Map

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. We invite you to join us for a lively discussion on driving innovation with corporate executives, economists, and academic leaders, including Peter Zandan, Global Vice Chairman, Research+Data Insights, Hill+Knowlton; David Judson, Editor-in-Chief, Stratfor; Mine Yücel, Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor - Federal Reserve…

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World Spins Series: Freeze! Drought! Mudslide! Hurricane! Heat Wave! Managing Climate Change Now that the Feds Have Left the Room

The United States is the only country in the world opposed to the United National Climate Change accord. Despite President Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement, Austin is taking a lead in tackling climate change, and we are fortunate to have a leading international expert on climate change to launch a new series, “World Spins.” The rest of the world, including China, India and the European Union, reaffirmed their commitments. Challenging the federal decision, 346 U.S. governors, mayors – including Austin’s own…

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February 2018

Texas Roundtable: EU-US Animal Health, Safety and Trade

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin as we welcome Dr. Lorenzo Terzi, European Union Minister-Counselor for Food Safety and Consumer Health.  During this special EU Trade Roundtable, Dr. Terzi will focus on the animal welfare and food safety standards that are of high interest to Texas companies exporting to Europe.   Please follow and like us:

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